WD-40, Rebuilding Together search for Tradesperson of the Year

SAN DIEGO — WD-40, in partnership with Rebuilding Together, is looking for the 2010 Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year — someone who reflects the values of both brands, gives back to the community and adds value to his or her skilled trade industry.

Six finalists will be chosen from specific skilled trade categories, including HVAC/plumber, carpenter, contractor, electrician, painter and roofer. One grand prize winner will receive a Super Bowl getaway for two, including air travel, lodging, game tickets and $500 in cash.

To nominate a plumbing or HVAC contractor for the award click here. Individuals can nominate trade professionals until Nov. 16, 2010.

The winning tradesperson will also receive $5,000 worth of products and tools courtesy of WD-40 and Sears Blue Tool Crew, and appear as a guest co-host on a live national radio broadcast of “On the House with the Carey Brothers,” which is the Tradesperson of the Year national radio partner. The individual who nominates the grand prize winner will also receive $1,500 worth of products and tools. Five runner-up finalists and their nominators will also receive products and tools courtesy of Sears Blue Tool Crew and WD-40.

“WD-40 has been helping skilled trade professionals get the job done for more than 50 years, from loosening rusted plumbing joints to keeping tools in tip-top shape,” said Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing at WD-40 Company. “We want to honor those who work hard on the job and in their communities, and partnering with Rebuilding Together is a great way to do that.”

The Tradesperson of The Year program officially kicked off during Rebuilding Together’s “Fifty for Five” in New Orleans, a five-day event that recognizes the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by restoring 50 hurricane-devastated homes throughout the city.

"Without the generosity and dedication of individuals and professional organizations in the skilled trades, Rebuilding Together could not accomplish its mission to improve the lives and communities of homeowners in need,” said John White, vice president of business development and advocacy at Rebuilding Together. “We are excited to partner with WD-40 to launch the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year program and bring recognition to the spirit of service within the industry.”

Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Through a network of more than 200 affiliates, Rebuilding Together provides free home repairs to low-income Americans, making homes safer, more accessible and more energy efficient. Rebuilding Together, along with its sponsors, partners and more than 200,000 volunteers, believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. Click here for additional information.